CURTIS MANN LECTURE
February 3, 2016
This event is free and open to the public.
The Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography is pleased to present visiting artist Curtis Mann. His visit coincides with the exhibition ‘Mater + Material’, a group exhibition in the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery. In addition to a lecture, Mann will be present in the gallery on Tuesday, February 2nd at 12pm, for a gallery talk with Assistant Professor Lydia Anne McCarthy and Visiting Assistant Professor Scott Alario.
Curtis Mann’s photographs contain fragments of scenes that are partially erased and obscured. Mann’s process draws attention to the artifice of the photographic medium by demonstrating the malleability of images. He begins by culling images of strife and conflict in various international locations from photosharing websites such as Flickr and then has prints made. Once he has the prints in hand he covers portions of the photographs with a protective varnish and pours bleach over each one, stripping away areas not coated with varnish. Through the physical destruction and manipulation of these images, Mann questions the medium’s reliability as a documentary tool, troubling the ability of a photograph to convey truth. (from The Whitney Biennial 2010)
Curtis Mann lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Providence, RI. Select recent solo exhibitions include Openings, Almine Rech, Paris; Modifications, South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC; Medium and Materiality, Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy; Medium and Materiality, LUCE Gallery, Torino, Italy; making oneself, making oneself, Kavi Gupta BERLIN; After the Gold Rush: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Mann has also been included in a number of group museum exhibitions including Fruits of Passion: Project of Contemporary Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 12×12: New Artists/New Work(2009) at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the 2010 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.